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So You Want To Become A Designer?

If you're thinking about taking up interior design, these five schools are your best bets

Original Article: Paula De Guzman, Katherine Lopez, Tala Singson

Do you find yourself leafing through shelter magazines from time to time? Do you like to spend hours looking at different decor pieces at department stores? Are you fond of styling your personal haven? If you answered YES to any of those questions, you're probably a budding designer. 

Over the years, interior design has been a sought after course by creative souls as it offers a fun and rewarding career. If you're thinking about pursuing your passion for beautifying spaces, you might want to consider developing your skills by enrolling in a four-year design course. To help you out, we've listed down five of the best schools in the country. Check them out below: 

SoFA Design Institute 

From starting out as a series of workshops in 2010, SoFA (School of Fashion and the Arts) now offers complete interior design courses—both for those who want to pursue a Bachelor's Degree and short programs for professionals who want to expand their knowledge in the field. The school aims to give world-class training while having a strong theoretical base and being grounded on Philippine culture. Its roster of professors includes not just practicing interior designers, but also architects that can help students better understand their chosen course.

SoFA Design Institute is located at G/L Enzo Bldg., 399 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City. You can call them at (02) 478-4622 or visit their website:  

University of Santo Tomas 

The curriculum of the BS Interior Design program in UST is designed not just for students to practice and learn but also to excel in the field of design. While it does offer the same design subjects in other schools, what makes it unique is their application of spirituality and religion in their design process and output through a course called Liturgical Arts, where the students are taught that religion can also be a source of inspiration. The course also includes an entire summer of exposing students in design seminars, exhibits, and conventions. 

University of Santo Tomas is located at España, Manila. You can call them at (02) 406-1611 local or visit their website:

University of the Philippines-Diliman

Established and instituted in 1973, the BS Interior Design program of UP is a joint program between the College of Home Economics and the College of Architecture. Prof. Adelaida Mayo, Dean of the College of Home Economics, believes that the students “get the best of both worlds,” because they are exposed to sub-disciplines in their home college, as well as in the College of Architecture. UP’s BS Interior Design also has a faculty of licensed interior designers who are master’s degree-holders, furthermore, all faculty members have research publications in local journals. 

University of the Philippines Diliman is located at Katipunan, Quezon City. You can call them at (02) 981-8500 or visit their website:

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde

The new interior design program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde is heading toward a fresh and dynamic direction as it explores new avenues for the growth and development of the practice. The school has maintained a roster of active industry practitioners to teach the students, too. This ensures that the course contents and outcomes of the program are in tune with the current trends in the industry. Moreover, each class is composed of only a few students; particularly in studio classes to ensure a more focused mentoring. 

DLS-CSB School of Design and the Arts is located at 2544 Taft Ave., Manila. You can visit their website:

St. Scholastica's College

The course began in 1989 as the Department of Art Appreciation and Interior Design. Established in 1906, The Catholic Benedictine Educational College offers BS Interior Design that focuses on developing the design skills of the students. Advanced courses include clusters in designing that range from residential to commercial spaces. 

St. Scholastica's College is located at 2560 Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Metro Manila. You can visit their website:

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